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Rafa Benitez gives perfect overview of Bournemouth 2 Newcastle 2

4 years ago

It is a massive advantage when you have a manager like Rafa Benitez.

Whatever happens in the 90 minutes, the Newcastle boss knows that through experience you shouldn’t go over the top in the aftermath of the game, at least certainly not in public.

Win, lose, or draw, Rafa Benitez stays calm and gives a measured reaction to any game.

If Newcastle win, he will of course talk about the positives in the game , but he’ll also mention things that still can be improved upon.

If Newcastle lose, the United boss will honestly talk about any mistakes or shortcomings from his players, but will also have positives from the game to balance things up.

As for a draw, once again Rafa will not go overboard either way, instead he will chat about what went right and wrong.

The Newcastle Manager stating ‘It should have been a great game, with three points, and that should have been it…but it’s something that can happen when you make mistakes, especially in the Premier League.’

We carried a bit of luck when beating Man Utd and it went against us at Bournemouth, maybe after 24 years without a Premier League win at Anfield this will be when the luck goes our way…

Rafa Benitez:

“It is always difficult when you have a team that is pushing at home.

“But we had the chances to finish the game and didn’t do it, we have to improve on that.

“We were I think in control of the game and had a clear idea of how to do things.

“They didn’t have too many chances, I would say that the (Shelvey) chance that we missed and then the goal they scored quickly after, that changed everything.

“After that, we lost control. We have lost two points.

“We missed a chance, we conceded a goal, and then we lost the control we’d had for 70 minutes.

“It’s important for us to learn quickly that in these situations, we have to manage things in a better way.

“It should have been a great game, with three points, and that should have been it.

“But it’s something that can happen when you make mistakes, especially in the Premier League.

“We had a couple of chances to score the third goal, but then we made two mistakes and we conceded two goals.

“In the end, they were pushing with corners and crosses and it was very difficult for us.

“Everybody is disappointed, especially him (Jonjo Shelvey) because he knows it was a good chance.

“It’s something that can happen, the important thing is to make sure that the team remains as strong as it was in the first half.

“We had control for most of the second half, and the good thing is that we continued to create chances.

“We did a lot of things right but we didn’t win the game.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Bournemouth 2 Newcastle 2


Newcastle: Gayle 17 and 45+1

Bournemouth: Smith 80 Gosling 89

Possession was Bournemouth 64% Newcastle 36%

Total shots were Bournemouth 18 Newcastle 15

Shots on target were Bournemouth 5 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Bournemouth 8 Newcastle 1

Referee: Roger East

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Manquillo 84) , Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 64), Gayle (Hayden 78), Perez

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Clark, Merino, Joselu

Crowd: 10,808 (Approx Newcastle 1,400)

(Instinct reaction from NUFC fans/writers to the match HERE)

(Eddie Howe reaction to the game HERE)

(Rafa defends his substitutions after later Newcastle collapse – Read HERE)

(Give us your player ratings HERE)

(Alan Shearer accentuates the Jonjo Shelvey positives – Read HERE)


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